I keep wanting to call this “Jaynestown,” which I take as a sign that I should make a red, orange, and yellow version. The pattern calls for Malabrigo Worsted, a delicious single-ply merino. I had Malabrigo Rios, its plyed superwash cousin, in Niebla, Bobby Blue, and Ivy in my stash that I’d been dying to use together. The stash won out.
This hat was a really fun knit. When I saw the picture on Ravelry, I squealed (I really did), “Wobbly stripes!” Being someone who did 4″ of a Lizard Ridge blanket, got bored, then didn’t even frog it for two years, I was a little leery about starting something else with short row stripes.
“It’s just a hat,” I said.
“You won’t be swearing at its interminable rows,” I reassured myself.
I finished in two days. The spacing of the short row stripes and the moss stitch stripes was perfect for my knitter’s ADD attention span.
It’s uprooted my KCMO Cap as hat of choice. This sucker is warm, comfortable, and super cute with its little bit of slouch. I haven’t blocked it and, honestly, I don’t think I will. I like the way the texture plays with the slouch.
Tips: I made the small and, while it fits comfortably on my medium sized head and over my ponytail, it also stretches to fit Hubby’s oversized cranium. Also, because I felt like it, I reversed the decreases used so I have a feathery X on the top of my hat. That was purely personal preference.